Palace of the Governors

Built in 1610, the Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the country.

Nearby Attractions

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Santa Fe Plaza
Santa Fe's historic city square is a great place to explore the blended Mexican, Spanish, and Native American heritage of the city.
New Mexico History Museum
If you're looking to explore and understand the first peoples and colonial history of New Mexico, this museum details the state's lengthy heritage.
St Francis Cathedral
Originally set up by Franciscan monks in 1593, a parish church has been in continuous operation since 1610 on this site, though it has undergone many restorations and rebuilds.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Known as the 'Mother of American Modernism,' Georgia O'Keeffe painted scapes of New Mexico in equal measure to the skyscrapers of New York City.
New Mexico's cuisine
A blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo flavors, to many the food seems like Tex-Mex. However, its' heavy usage of chile earns it distinction.
Santa Fe Arts & Crafts scene
From pottery and painting to photography and weaving, come to Santa Fe prepared to explore its colorful and expansive art scene.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of Santa Fe with Entrance to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Located in Northern New Mexico, Santa Fe is brimming with history and culture. On your private guided tour of Santa Fe, you will:

  • Begin in Santa Fe Plaza and orient yourself with the city's layout, including seeing the Palace of Governors, which is one of the country's oldest continually operational municipal buildings.
  • Learn the history and present realities of the nation of Santa Fe Pueblo Native Americans. 
  • Understand the relationship of the many cultures melding in the city - American, Native American, Mexican, and Spanish, and the role of Catholicism in the city.
  • Enjoy a light bite and a drink along the route, where your guide will give you recommendations of the best places for local cuisine.
  • Indulge in the vibrant colours of the crafts on display throughout your tour, and learn about how being the third largest art market in America has influenced the city's identity.
  • Your guide will drop you at the entrance of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, where you can tour her magnificent artwork at your own leisure. 
Images of purple sunsets against desert-washed scenery, dramatic turquoise and vibrant paintings, giant plates of black beans and red rice with various tacos - Santa Fe is a treasure trove of culture with something for everyone. The city's 400 years of history and its complex social fabric have made the city a favourite spot for travellers to return year after year. The adobe architecture throughout the historic district makes it unlike any other American city and inspires curiosity about how the trade is preserved. 

On your private walking tour, your guide will explain the history of New Mexico and its enduring relationship with Mexico. Learn about the beautiful jewellery, tapestries, weavings, paintings, folk art, and photography - a mecca for art enthusiasts. Explore the history of the city, enjoy a bite of New Mexico's delightful cuisine at a local restaurant. Your guide will happily point you in the direction of the best eateries in town to make sure each meal you have is better than the last. Learn about the secrecy of the Second World War era's Manhattan Project, based in Santa Fe and the remnants of stories still told by locals. Finally, finish your tour at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, where your guide will part with you. Explore the museum at your leisure, while learning about this significant American modern artist.

Please note: due to Covid-19 restrictions, tickets to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum must be purchased at least 10 days in advance of your desired  tour date. We will work with you on other options should the tickets not be available. 
Santa Fe Highlights Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, we will take you to Santa Fe, a city with gorgeous landscapes and it sits at the edge of the Chihuahuan desert, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains and close to the Colorado Plateau. 

It is known as "the City Different,” due to its diverse culture as a product of the mix of Native American, Spanish and Anglo cultures.

On this Private "Santa Fe Highlights Live Virtual Tour" you will start your tour at Santa Fe Plaza and you will discover: 

  • The Palace of the Governors, a building made of adobe located on Palace Avenue
  • Sena Plaza, one of the oldest houses standing
  • The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis, the patron of Santa Fe
  • La Fonda Hotel, a luxurious hotel with classic elements of Santa Fe
  • Loretto Chapel, now a museum and wedding chapel
  • Santa Fe Trail Marker
  • New Mexico Museum of Art, an iconic architectural landmark since 1917
  • and art galleries along the way.
For a more immersive experience, you will learn about Santa Fe through their visual arts, food, drink and local music that we might discover along the way.


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